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Friday, July 24, 2020
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'Extraordinary' situation: EC defers bypolls across 5 states

Covid more than a physical risk for doctors

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Scientists develop safe, rapid Covid-19 antibody test
Scientists have developed a rapid test to detect antibodies in Covid-19 patients that specifically block the novel coronavirus, an advance that may lead to faster methods for estimating the population level infection rate. Researchers, including those from the Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore, developed a new assay which takes only one or two hours to complete.

Want to live longer? Follow a plant-based protein diet

Study explains how neurons reshape inside body fat to boost its calorie-burning capacity

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Now get bike and car insurance with Amazon Pay in India
Amazon Pay has marked its entry into the insurance space. The company will be offering two- and four-wheeler insurance policies in association with Acko General Insurance Ltd.

Supreme Court has Rs 883 crore 'good news' Vodafone Idea
The Supreme Court directed the Income Tax (IT) department to refund Rs 833 crore to Vodafone Idea (VIL), giving some relief to the cash strapped telco burdened under thousands of crores of statutory dues and boosting its shares. The IT department had contested a July 3 order of the Bombay High Court which had asked the authorities to refund Rs 833 crore to VIL for assessment year (AY) 2014-2015.

Realme V5 5G smartphone with 30W SuperDart fast charging to launch soon
Realme has confirmed that it will launch the latest V-series smartphone soon. The company has confirmed that it will launch the mid-range 5G smartphone — Realme V5 5G soon.

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Govt imposes curbs on procurement from China, others
Amid the border row with China, the govt on Thursday imposed restrictions on public procurement from China and other countries with a common border. Govt amended the General Financial Rules 2017 to enable the imposition of restrictions on bidders from countries which share a land border with India, or matters directly or indirectly related thereto including national security.

'GST, I-T mop up in Q1 indicates economic recovery'
Tax mop up in first quarter of the current fiscal is "very encouraging" and indicates that the economy is recovering sooner than what was anticipated at the time of imposition of lockdown, finance secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey said on Thursday.

Pay cut can have 'disastrous impact': Air India
Air India’s senior-most pilots have warned that the airline’s “massive forced pay cuts” and compulsory leave without pay (LWP) schemes could have a “potentially disastrous psychological impact” on some employees. The airlines on Thursday after a review meeting took to Twitter to assure that no pilot will be laid off and there has been no reduction in the basic pay, DA and HRA.

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IPL set to start on September 19, final on November 8: BCCI sources
The eagerly-awaited Indian Premier League will start on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates with the final slated on November 8, well-placed BCCI sources told PTI on Thursday. While the IPL Governing Council will meet next week to chalk out the final details and approve the schedule, it is understood that the BCCI has informally intimated the franchises about the plan.

Indian mixed relay squad's silver at Asian Games upgraded to gold
The Indian 4x400 mixed relay quartet of Mohammed Anas, MR Poovamma, Hima Das and Arokia Rajiv at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta has been upgraded to gold medal position. Besides, Anu Raghavan moved from fourth place to bronze medal position in the women’s 400m hurdles.

14-day quarantine puts Ind-Aus T20I series under scanner
Cricket Australia has made it clear that the '14-day quarantine period is well defined' for the visiting Indian team keeping in mind the government regulations. A BCCI official said that the matter is being discussed and considering that the 14-day quarantine is a must as per Cricket Australia and the govt there, it is getting difficult to fit in the T20I series.

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Allahabad University student leaders oppose vacating of hostels

Consider passing students on the basis of last semester performance: HC to Panjab University

DU mock tests from July 27, HC asks varsity to file details of tests
New Delhi [India], July 23 (ANI) The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked the Delhi University (DU) to submit before it the details of the varsity's mock tests, which are scheduled to begin from July 27.

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Climate change impacted world, greenery can solve this crisis: Amit Shah

Wildfire in Greece rages for second day, more homes evacuated
The Fire Service said the blaze to the east of the southern town of Corinth was in full development after winds picked up following a lull earlier in the day, and one more village was ordered evacuated - the seventh since the fire broke out on Wednesday.

Scientists narrow their predictions for global warming

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Pompeo: China's Houston consulate was 'hub' of spying

Germany links over 2,000 cases to slaughterhouse
A German official says authorities have now linked more than 2,000 coronavirus infections to an outbreak at a slaughterhouse last month that led to a partial lockdown in two western counties. Regional authorities restored some coronavirus restrictions in the Guetersloh and Warendorf areas in late June after more than 1,400 people at the Toennies slaughterhouse in Rheda-Wiedenbrueck tested positive for the virus.

Hong Kong reports 1-day high of 118 new cases

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Climate change impacted world, greenery can solve this crisis: Amit Shah

Wildfire in Greece rages for second day, more homes evacuated
The Fire Service said the blaze to the east of the southern town of Corinth was in full development after winds picked up following a lull earlier in the day, and one more village was ordered evacuated - the seventh since the fire broke out on Wednesday.

Scientists narrow their predictions for global warming

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IMD predicts wet weekend as rain pounds Hyderabad
After days of hot and humid weather, Hyderabad received heavy rainfall — of up to 74 mm — on Thursday, as the southwest monsoon picked up pace across the state.

Hyderabad among world's top 20 surveilled cities
With almost 30 cameras for every 1,000 people, Hyderabad has made it to the world’s top 20 most surveilled cities. It has got the 16th position.

Nizam funds: Najaf told to pay Rs 48L legal costs by UK court

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Arrest warrants extended as SIT fails to arrest 3 key dera men

Sidhu writes to Amarinder for developing his constituency

Jalandhar MP seeks probe into 1986 killing of 4 Sikh youths

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New industrial policy loaded with incentives likely soon
Although the existing industrial policy has been extended until the year end, the Gujarat government is all set to shortly announce a new industrial policy to help industries jack up their existing production capacities and employment.

Gujarat nod for 92 firms to make immunity boosters
With demand for vitamin C and D spurting drastically amid unprecedented rush for immunity boosters, more and more firms have ventured into manufacturing of these micronutrients since the outbreak of Covid-19.

'Ahmedabad has no herd immunity, only 17.6% have antibodies'
You may not want to ditch the painfully cultivated Covid-hygeine of wearing masks and washing hands frequently anytime soon. An exhaustive serosurvey carried out by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) reveals that the city is yet to develop the coveted herd immunity against coronavirus.

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Amid lull, airlines cut staff at Chennai airport
Airlines, ground handling companies and retail companies have started to either cut staff or put many of their employees on leave without pay at Chennai airport as the number of flights a day is still low because of concerns over the spread of Covid-19.

TN: 84 Raj Bhavan staff test positive for Covid-19
Eighty-four personnel at Raj Bhavan in the city, residence of the Tamil Nadu governor, have tested positive for Covid-19, triggering fears of a new cluster for the infection. The infected included Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and fire and rescue services personnel.

Semester exams cancelled for Tamil Nadu college students
The state government on Thursday announced cancellation of exams for all college students, including those doing professional courses, and promoted them to the next level in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Lack of labs and staff slows tests in Bengaluru
Officials say Bengaluru must conduct at least 15,000 Covid-19 tests daily, up from the present 8,500 (including RT-PCR and rapid antigen tests) if the virus must be reined in. But they admit the city’s 10 government and 41 private labs and 408 swab collection centres are already overwhelmed.

91 constables at Bengaluru training school test positive for coronavirus
At least 91 constables at the Police Training School (PTS) in Thanisandra and four from Magadi Road police station (west division) tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday.

Bengaluru: Flat doors of Covid-19 patient, neighbour sealed with sheets
Overzealous BBMP officials were at the receiving end of public wrath for their thoughtless Covid-19 measure on Thursday after they sealed off the entrance doors of two adjacent flats with tin sheets in an apartment in Domlur Layout, saying a resident in one of the houses had tested positive for the virus and both dwellings were a containment zone.

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Day after most cases, Maharashtra reports highest number of deaths
A day after adding a record high of 10,576 cases, the state on Thursday saw its highest deaths recorded in a day. Maharashtra reported 298 Covid-19 deaths, taking its toll to 12,854.

Maharashtra Congress minister revokes nominees for MSEB as all ruling parties object
Congress leader and energy minister Nitin Raut suffered an embarrassment on Wednesday as he had to cancel non-official appointments made by him on the Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB) and its subsidiary companies following objections raised by senior leaders of the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress.

Man not lynched, cops had beaten him, Bombay HC told
The state told the Bombay high court on Thursday that four constables from Juhu police station who assaulted a 22-year-old man during the lockdown on March 30 have been identified. Police had initially claimed that he was lynched by a mob during a robbery attempt at Nehru Nagar, Santacruz (west).

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Monsoon 'normal' in Delhi after rainy week
Sustained showers since Sunday, including two days of “heavy” rainfall, have reduced Delhi’s monsoon deficit from 55% last week to 16% now, bringing the capital in the “normal” category for the monsoon season, IMD data shows.

Covid-19: Positivity rate now down to 5.7% in Delhi
The positivity rate of Covid-19 in Delhi came down to 5.7% on Thursday with only 1041 out of 18,226 samples testing positive in 24 hours. A day earlier, the positivity rate – number of cases reported among the total samples tested – had been recorded at 6.1%.

Shivinder Mohan Singh gets bail, Delhi HC tells ED accused can't be held on 'hunch'
Noting that an accused can’t be kept in the custody only because of a “hunch or a presumption” that he would impede trial even when the chargesheet has been filed, the Delhi high court on Thursday granted bail to former promoter of Fortis Healthcare Shivinder Mohan Singh in a money laundering case, on a personal bond of Rs 1 crore, reports Abhinav Garg.

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Monsoon 'normal' in Delhi after rainy week
Sustained showers since Sunday, including two days of “heavy” rainfall, have reduced Delhi’s monsoon deficit from 55% last week to 16% now, bringing the capital in the “normal” category for the monsoon season, IMD data shows.

Covid-19: Positivity rate now down to 5.7% in Delhi
The positivity rate of Covid-19 in Delhi came down to 5.7% on Thursday with only 1041 out of 18,226 samples testing positive in 24 hours. A day earlier, the positivity rate – number of cases reported among the total samples tested – had been recorded at 6.1%.

Shivinder Mohan Singh gets bail, Delhi HC tells ED accused can't be held on 'hunch'
Noting that an accused can’t be kept in the custody only because of a “hunch or a presumption” that he would impede trial even when the chargesheet has been filed, the Delhi high court on Thursday granted bail to former promoter of Fortis Healthcare Shivinder Mohan Singh in a money laundering case, on a personal bond of Rs 1 crore, reports Abhinav Garg.

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Monsoon 'normal' in Delhi after rainy week
Sustained showers since Sunday, including two days of “heavy” rainfall, have reduced Delhi’s monsoon deficit from 55% last week to 16% now, bringing the capital in the “normal” category for the monsoon season, IMD data shows.

Covid-19: Positivity rate now down to 5.7% in Delhi
The positivity rate of Covid-19 in Delhi came down to 5.7% on Thursday with only 1041 out of 18,226 samples testing positive in 24 hours. A day earlier, the positivity rate – number of cases reported among the total samples tested – had been recorded at 6.1%.

Shivinder Mohan Singh gets bail, Delhi HC tells ED accused can't be held on 'hunch'
Noting that an accused can’t be kept in the custody only because of a “hunch or a presumption” that he would impede trial even when the chargesheet has been filed, the Delhi high court on Thursday granted bail to former promoter of Fortis Healthcare Shivinder Mohan Singh in a money laundering case, on a personal bond of Rs 1 crore, reports Abhinav Garg.

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